On November 19th, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) President Dongchan Kim lectured on "America's New Leadership and the Korean American Community" as part of KACE's Civic Academy program. The lecture was held at the FGS – Korean Community Center in Fort Lee. This program is a community education initiative designed to teach the Korean Amercan community about the American governmental structure, problems within local societies and solutions, and grassroots activism. President Kim explained in detail about the post-Election leadership, the major work they have in their hands, and the assignment that the Korean American communty needs to solve for the future.
Kim stated that after observing the international trends after Obama's successful re-election, his administration is in the midst of economical and foreign affairs-related obstacles. The financial crisis that America experienced in 2008 is viewed as the most serious financial incident after 1930. First, the United States is at a point where it has an enormous deficit but needs to create more jobs. Secondly, the US needs to solve the problem of over 12 million illegal immigrants through immigration reform. In relation to this problem is the DREAM Act, which was proposed to help undocumented youth that were educated in the United States. Thidly, as evidenced by the results of the election, America is divided along bipartisan lines. In addition to these issues, America must deal with the democratization of the Middle East, problems between Israel and Palestine, and the withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan.
Kim underscored the importance of Korean Americans in the new leadership. He urged Korean Americans to participate more actively with immigration reform. Also, Korean Americans must gather their strength together to foster a strong relationship between US and Korea. Koreans must be able to receive 2,000 new visas after the passage of the US-Korea FTA, and make sure that the United States must create a new strategic plan for the Korean peninsula.